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by Caffrey & McGurk

"True English folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this and this CD oozes the experience of the years and displays immense sensitivity in the storytelling aspect of traditional singing and style."
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bold Robbers Fate
2:56 $0.99
2. Medley: When Morning Stands On Tiptoe / From the North
4:39 $0.99
3. A Lancashire Hare
2:18 $0.99
4. My Love's in Germany
3:19 $0.99
5. A Soulin'
2:22 $0.99
6. The Poachers
3:38 $0.99
7. Medley: My Donal / The Weary Whaling Ground
4:11 $0.99
8. The Dark Island
4:59 $0.99
9. The Braes of Yarrow
5:30 $0.99
10. Farewell Tae the Haven
5:18 $0.99
11. Corpus Christie Carol
3:09 $0.99
12. Fiddlers Green Revisited
5:28 $0.99
13. Benjamin Bowmaneer
3:10 $0.99
14. She Touched You
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
From a review in The Living Traditions magazine

"Nick Caffreya nd Ed McGurk have graced the
Lancashire folk scene for many a long year.
They first duetted as Litany at Clitheroe Folk
Club in the 1970s. Now they've come together
again with this welcome album of songs that
are either from the tradition or maturing into it.
They sing solo or in harmony, unaccompanied
or with Ed on guitar and whistles. Francis
Roe plays concertina on four songs. Brian
Bedford's production is excellent.
The 55 minutes of songs is unpretentious
and accomplished, the product of patiently
acquired taste and understanding - the sort
of thing I took almost for granted on a good
folk club night but now prize as it gets harder
to find. The twin peaks for me are Ed singing
Davy Stewart's Farewell Tae The Haven and
Nick's unaccompanied singing of the Braes Of
Yarrow. Along with old friends like A Soulin',
Benjamin Bowmaneer and John Connelly's
Fiddlels Green, there are rarer pleasures.
From The North and A Lancashire Hare are
from poems by a young Cicely Fox Smith
before she became known for her maritime
themes. Hearing Owen Hand's My Donal
(paired with Weary Whaling Ground) had me
rummaging through my collection to find it on a
1986 cassette from Janet Russell and Christine
Kydd. More rummaging was necessary for Jim
Herd's She Touched You, about a travelling folk
musician beguiled by a girl: vinyl this time -
Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur's Morning On A
Distant Shore from 1977.
Yes, Transition got me rummaging and got
me reflecting on passing times and fashions. I
seem to share vintage and interests with Nick
and Ed. I haven't seen them play, but l'll put
that right the first chance I get."
Tony Hendry

Caffrey/McGurk continue to delight audiences in folk clubs, concerts and festivals. Their enthusiasm for singing remains as fresh and original as it was when they first performed together in Litany 35 years ago. Their obvious enjoyment of what they do is carried to audiences creating a warmth that makes it a pleasure to be in the company of this popular duo.



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